Although summer may be coming to an end, it doesn’t mean the fun stops in Toronto and the GTA. There are a number of festivals you can still catch from now until the end of fall, and trust me- you don’t want to miss these! From a traditional German festival right in downtown Toronto, to an amazing food fest that will have your taste buds dancing, here are 6 festivals to catch while you still can!
1. Brampton World of Jazz Festival - September 6 and 7
If you missed the Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival, or just can’t get enough of jazz music, head to the Brampton World of Jazz fest the weekend of September 6th and 7th. The festival starts on Friday at The Rose Theatre with a kick-off concert by the 18-time award winning Count Basie Orchestra, and on Saturday moves to Garden Square with jazz performances throughout the day.
2. Taste of The Kingsway - September 6 to 8
The Taste of the Kingsway is one of this year’s most anticipated food events. Happening along Bloor Street West from Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Road, the festival will see over 100 vendors and exhibitors spanning three days. You’ll get to experience fresh food, international cuisine and continuous entertainment as you walk to strip, so come prepared to eat!
3. Toronto Oktoberfest - September 26 to 28
Want to experience Oktoberfest without booking a flight to Germany? Toronto’s Oktoberfest is the closest you’ll get! Blending modern and traditional, the three day festival takes place in a huge festhalle tent and outdoor Bavarian village on the Exhibition Place grounds. Eat delicious schnitzel, sausage and traditional Oktoberfest fare, and enjoy music, beer and dancing modeled after the traditional German event!
4. Nuit Blanche - October 5
Nuit Blanche is an annual all-night art festival that transforms Toronto with modern installations, love performances and creative programs. This year will feature two city-produced exhibitions and a major installation at Nathan Phillips Square, and the theme is ‘continuum’, inspired by Toronto’s constant state of progressing and becoming. Transformed by hundreds of Canadian and international artists, it’s a festival not to be missed! The festival has also been expanded to Scarborough Town Centre, transforming the mall into an artistic playground.
5. Toronto Cavalcade of Lights Festival - November 30
In Nathan Phillips Square from 6 to 10 pm on November 30th, you can catch the Cavalcade of Lights! Kicking off the holiday season, you’ll experience how the square and trees come to life with lights and colour. The festival features live musical performances, a DJ skating party and mesmerizing fireworks you need to see for yourself!
Lastly, there’s an entire month of excitement at the beautiful historic Distillery District, including one of Toronto’s most renowned festivals. Evoking the tradition and charm of a European market, the month-long festival brings together local craftspeople, musicians, and artisan food booths for a market you don’t want to miss. Sip on mulled wine, cozy up by the fire, and enjoy carollers, brass bands and authentic European dancers.
There you have it! These 6 awesome festivals will keep you busy until the end of fall! Get ready to get out and have some fun!